Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 2-A Worktext (Colored Version)

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 2-A Worktext (Colored Version)

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Item #: 042624
ISBN: 9781942715047
Grades: 2

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The four main areas of study for second grade are:

  • Understanding of the base-ten system within 1000. This includes place value with three-digit numbers, skip- counting in fives, tens, and multiples of hundreds, tens, and ones (within 1000). (chapters 6 and 8);
  • Develop fluency with addition and subtraction within 100, including solving word problems, regrouping in addition, and regrouping in subtraction (chapters 1, 3, 4, and 8);
  • Using standard units of measure (chapter 7);
  • Describing and analyzing shapes (chapter 5).

Additional topics we study are time/clock (chapter 2), money (chapter 9), introduction to multiplication (chapter 10), and bar graphs and picture graphs (in various chapters).

Category Description for Math Mammoth:

Theres a whole lot to like about this well-conceived and inexpensive math program. The main features of this program, according to author Maria Miller, are:

  • Focus is on conceptual understanding rather than rote problem-solving
  • Teacher instructions are right in the book; no need to buy a separate teacher book
  • Clear explanations are written for the student, so the lessons are virtually self-teaching
  • Lessons use lots of visual and pattern exercises
  • Mastery oriented:concentrates on each topic for a long time studying fewer topics per grade than with spiral
  • Emphasis is on mental math and number sense
  • Very little teacher preparation is required
  • Content aligned to Common Core Standards

These are all valid claims and sum up this approach nicely. Its linear approach is similar to that of the MCP Math program. Topics are introduced, studied in depth, then the student proceeds to the next topic. Visually, it reminds me of Developmental Math because of the extensive use of pictorial representations. Users posting online have compared the course to Singapore Math, but I don't really see much similarity. While they both emphasize conceptual learning and mental computation skills, Math Mammoth has a much more traditional feel. A distinguishing feature of this program is the authors amazing ability to simplify and clarify math processes so children can understand them easily. Even in printed form, this course is the easiest on the budget using a strictly by-grade comparison. And for those purchasing the complete program on CD (or download), the savings are even greater. Imagine getting a complete, masterfully taught math curriculum for grades 1-7 for less than $150. I would call that frugal and smart.

Each Grade Level Set consists of four components: Student Workbooks A & B, an (optional) set of Tests and Cumulative Reviews, and an Answer Key containing answers to both workbooks and tests. Currently, we carry the curriculum in print format or CD format by the grade level, Grades 1-3 and 4-7 combined on CD, and the entire course on CD. The course is also available as a download (go to site) for slightly less than the CD price. Both download and CD have colored student pages. All grade levels of printed materials are now available in your choice of black and white or color. Currently, the CDs also include bonus software, Soft-Pak - for Windows only (math, language arts and testing).

Student Workbooks A and B for each level have varying numbers of chapters, each focusing on a math topic. These are sometimes very broad. For example, one very large chapter (68 pages!) in Worktext 4-B is simply titled, “Division”. It reviews division, and then covers every facet of fourth grade division. Since division skills are being built step-by-step throughout the chapter, there’s really no need for review or testing until the end; but it does make for a long teaching unit. Each chapter begins with a short introduction. This is where you will find any teacher instruction for the chapter, including background information, strategies and ideas for teaching lesson concepts, a summary of lessons by title (including number of pages for each), and a list of Helpful Internet Resources for further exploration, practice and enrichment. If the chapter is on a skill introduced in a previous grade, the skill is reviewed before the new material is introduced. Lessons each include a complete explanation of each skill being taught, numerous examples and models (many visual) to help students understand the concepts behind the math, and a reasonable number of problems for students to work to ensure comprehension.

The lessons vary from 1-5 pages each. For planning, the author suggests simply dividing the number of pages in each book by the teaching days rather than planning to teach a lesson a day. This would generally mean covering 1-2 pages a day depending on grade level. After the last lesson in each chapter there are one or two reviews. Chapter tests are contained in the separate Tests and Cumulative Reviews Book, as are cumulative reviews (taken upon completion of each worktext chapter) and a comprehensive test for the grade level. A nice feature is the inclusion of grading instructions and scales. If remediation is indicated, the author provides a website (www. for additional math worksheets by grade level and skill. Worksheets are randomly generated within your provided parameters, so each is different.

Use the Skills Review Workbooks books alongside the Math Mammoth curriculum to review concepts that are being taught. Each book is divided into chapters that correspond with the curriculum chapters. These workbooks are optional, and are intended for those who want a spiral review. Each review in the workbook is one page in length and includes a variety of math exercises. Students might write math equations, color pictures, or solve puzzles to put their math skills to the test. Some children require more practice than others, so use only the review pages you need. Skills Review Workbooks are printed with color for a little more visual appeal, and the number of reviews vary from book to book. Answer Keys are a separate book and are also printed in color.

As mentioned briefly before, I find the author’s teaching methods very solid, efficient, and effective. Her goal is to imbue the student with an understanding of the concepts in math rather than just how to solve problems and this is evident in her instruction. She consistently shares strategies, “tricks” and revealing insights into the mysteries of math, essentially putting a teacher right on the page. An example is in teaching beginners to add numbers with sums greater than 10. She tells students that when adding 9 to a number, the 9 “really wants to be a ten”, so you should take one from the other number to make it a ten, and then add the rest. I have seen few other curriculums (see Miquon Math) that teach students alternate, flexible ways like this to approach operations. Another feature I liked in the book was using gridded workspaces for solving problems. Especially for students just starting to use multiple-digit operations, it’s helpful to get them in the habit of keeping answers neatly aligned in columns. I also like the scale problems in Grade 4’s multiplication and other chapters. These are much like the ones in CTP’s Balance Math program and very effective for understanding how equations work. There’s also a healthy balance of word problems in the lessons with realistic, practical contexts. The geometry sections are particularly good, too, with ample hands-on work. The author even includes printable manipulatives for constructing your own geometric solids.


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I have used this series before for my past second grader. My student enjoyed and learned from it immensely!
Michaella C on Apr 13, 2023
This is a very solid curriculum. I love that there is not an additional teacher's manual. All the explanation is in the student workbook. It is also very affordable.
Kathryn R on Aug 9, 2022
I have used this series before for my past second grader. My student enjoyed and learned from it immensely!
Michaella C on Apr 13, 2023
My son is finishing up the 1A series and ready to move ahead.
Sharon D on Nov 28, 2022
This is a very solid curriculum. I love that there is not an additional teacher's manual. All the explanation is in the student workbook. It is also very affordable.
Kathryn R on Aug 9, 2022
chose the 2nd year math series because we tried out 1st year math last year and really enjoyed it.
Erica J on Jul 31, 2022
Used Math Mammoth for 1st grade and like it. Sometimes we cross out some of the problems because it tends to have more problems than other math curriculum. However, we still like it because it has very good instructions on how to complete the math. It's also self taught, though at this you age, some guidance is still needed.
Shell T on Jul 31, 2022
We used Kindergarten and First Grade Math With Confidence, but then transitioned to Math Mammoth 1B. By doing one review problem, one arithmetic page and one page from the extra topics, my daughter isn't too overwhelmed by this worktext approach. She is a confident reader at this point, which helps a lot.
Elizabeth E on Jul 28, 2022
A very open and go math curriculum that we have had much success with.
jolie on Jun 8, 2022
My son will be using this next year. We have been using Math Mammoth and it works well for him.
Jackie M on May 31, 2022
recommended by a friend
Nichole J on May 28, 2022
We have used mammoth math before and it worked well for us
Betsy E on Aug 18, 2021
We did Math Mammoth grade 1 last year, and it was a good experience, and since we may eventually go back to public school, I wanted to stick with Common Core aligned math. Easy for my child to do fairly independently!
Elizabeth S on Aug 6, 2021
This was a great math choice for our family! Simple, easy to follow, lots of supplemental ideas, and plenty of practice.
Cindi P on Jul 1, 2021
We used Math Mammoth for first grade and I liked it. Lessons were short and to the point. My son did a great job and we chose to continue with this curriculum.
Zoi C on Jun 17, 2021
This is my daughter's preferred math curriculum.
Sarah T on May 19, 2021
looking for a more streamlined math that is still similar to singapore primary mathematics
Rebekah B on May 17, 2021
2 grade student
Justina R on May 16, 2021
We used the Math Mammoth Light Blue Series for Grade 1 homeschool and it was flexible and thorough.
Lania C on May 8, 2021
I did Grade 1 with my son and we really enjoyed it, so we are continuing on with the program.
Robyn M on Mar 15, 2021
I have been very impressed with Math Mammoth's ease of use and clear explanations
Jennifer S on Feb 27, 2021
We like the simple, straightforward, hands on math practice. Also like Maria's tips for math games in person and on the computer!
Liz G on Nov 10, 2020
We love this Math curriculum! It is easy to use yet it is so thorough.
Jessica H on Sep 18, 2020
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Nava H on Sep 14, 2020
Need math curriculum for my second grader. It has great reviews, common core aligned, and inexpensive.
Likkia M on Aug 28, 2020
Kids are doing well with prior Math Mammoth books
Andrea H on Aug 24, 2020
I feel like it's fairly thorough in what it covers and I appreciate how it presents topics, such as addition, in a variety of ways so my kids can pick which one fits their learning style best. I also appreciate that it uses technical language instead of "dumbing" it down.
Cara H on Oct 15, 2019
Math curriculum that is thorough and easy to pick up and use with my second grader.
Leslie S on Oct 7, 2019
Fabulous curriculum at a bargain price. Maria explains things so well, and my children are able to do a fair amount of the work on their own.
Suzanne T on Aug 23, 2019
I really like this program and I think looking at pictures in color makes for a more enjoyable experience.
Rachael W on Aug 13, 2019
Liked the format of the pages
Cynthia D on Jul 25, 2019
children always seem to understand the concepts which are clearly presented; not a stressful math curriculum!
Alicia S on Jun 10, 2019
It is a mastery based math program for a reasonable price.
Kenna F on May 30, 2019
I like how thorough the book is in teaching concepts.
Stephanie G on Apr 24, 2019
We've always used the old version of MM, but am trying these! We have LOVED Math Mammoth for several years and can't wait to share with our next child. I love how she shows different methods of solving problems. Our brains don't all work the same and she teaches an array of methods. The student generally learns them all and picks the one that works best for them. My daughter has gotten the WHY behind math, which is so important to me!
Moriah H on Apr 23, 2019
Good reviews. Looking for a little more than what we currently use for math
Tiffany P on Sep 19, 2018
We used Grade 1 this year and it worked really well for us
Katharine R on May 16, 2018
"We have used Math Mammoth for a year and a half and it has simplified math for my 2nd grader and I hope to keep my upcoming first grader next year on the right track. "
marta c on Mar 8, 2018
Excellent explanations make all in one text/workbook easy and effective for students and teachers/homeschool parents.
Therese S on Aug 19, 2017
We used the blue series last year to pick and choose which topics to cover. I decided to use the light blue series this year so we can follow the progression laid out for us. I like the way Math Mammoth combines instruction and practice in one worktext, and the mastery approach works well with the right amount of review for us.
Carly S on Aug 10, 2017
Good reviews. Trying for first time for homeschool curriculum.
Amber L on Jul 6, 2017
The Math Mammoth series is easy to follow for homeschoolers because every lesson contains the teaching directions on the page with the student practice. This makes the curriculum less taxing for time since I don't have to gather additional teaching materials or books - everything is on the page for modeling. Plus I have found Math Mammoth to be thorough and challenging for each grade level I've used.
Michelle B on May 23, 2017
used the first grade worktext and my children love Math Mammoth. easy to follow, straight forward and great price
Tiffany P on May 15, 2017
My student is almost finished with the grade 1 Math Mammoth materials. She likes this math and is doing well.
Carolyn P on Apr 17, 2017
I added this to get free shipping :)
Bethany K on Sep 29, 2016
I used Math Mammoth last year for 1st grade and I felt that it was well laid out and the kids were able to do most of it on their own. There was plenty of review. We used Unifix Cubes, addition flash cards and rulers with it.
Anita H on Aug 10, 2016
comparing to singapore for homeschool
Carole R on Jul 4, 2016
This is a good, solid series for learning math facts in early grades. She has excellent explanations and there's no teacher's manual, which should be unnecessary at this grade anyway!
User on Jun 23, 2016
Fabulous, comprehensive curriculum. Very thorough.
Jennifer K on May 5, 2016
Used grade 1 and enjoyed it
Amanda S on Apr 15, 2016
have mammoth 1a light blue... have been using math u see at homeschool co-op... much prefer mammoth & want to work ahead at home with 2 kids.
halyn g on Nov 12, 2015
My son is finishing up the 1A series and ready to move ahead.
Sharon D on Nov 28, 2022
chose the 2nd year math series because we tried out 1st year math last year and really enjoyed it.
Erica J on Jul 31, 2022
Hi! I used Math Mammoth 1-A and 1-B and loved it! I just opened our 2-A book, and saw that 2-A begins on Chapter 6. When I clicked on the 2-A Chapter Contents link on Rainbow Resource, it shows it as starting on chapter 1 and the Answer Key has chapter 1-5, but I can't find it in my set. Any one know what's going on? Thanks!
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Rated 5 out of 5
Delightful Math Curriculum
I have been tutoring for years, and I really like this curriculum.
I like the presentation of material and the variety of exercises. The links to online helps are great too.
December 18, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Math Curriculum
Great match for my daughter’s math abilities. The pacing matches her own. I appreciate the links to online games.
September 22, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love math mammoth!
We switched to math mammoth for my 2nd and 4th grader mid year from Mathematical Reasoning and we love Math Mammoth. It is very step by step but also interesting and uses good critical thinking skills. Both my boys are really enjoying math. I love the resources on the website including the multiplication videos and the ad-free math games.
February 18, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great program
My daughter loves Math Mammoth. We go through the program at her pace, and the sequence/mastery approach makes sense to her. I would prefer that the book be spiral bound in order to lie flat for easier use. Other than that, we enjoy this product very much.
September 21, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great deal
Great book for the money. Could use more explanation for how to solve the problems. There is very little to no explanation, but the concepts and review are good. Still a good deal for the price.
August 5, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Finally, we found a curriculum that works for my twins! One is a visual and kinesthetic learner, the other is more of an auditory learner. Math Mammoth has them both learning, excelling, and most importantly, feeling positive about math! Our math tutor, who was a 25+ year third grade teacher, loves the teaching style and set up of this curriculum as well! Thank you Math Mammoth for freeing us from the dread of math to making it an enjoyable experience.
January 19, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great math curriculum
My children and I love Math Mammoth. I have a 2nd grader, 4th grader and 6th grader. They have all used it from first grade on. The instructions are in the beginning of every lesson. She makes it very easy to understand and very affordable. I recommend it to many other people looking for a good math program.
November 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Program
This will be our second year using Math Mammoth. So far it is working out great. My daughter loves the lessons and is retaining what she is learning.
September 5, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We love the Mammoth
!My 8 year old was really struggling to grasp math, and since he only hears half of what I say to him, we weren't getting very far with explanations. This method lets him work through & learn it on his own, it's been amazing for us!
March 23, 2016
over 7 years ago

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